Interesting Take, Interesting World
Rip Current is an enticing read from as far along as I've come, reaching chapter nine with that being as far as it has been published at the moment. Firstly, the world being built piece-by-piece is just lovely to imagine. It has a kind of mixed timeline vibe wherein the world feels stuck in the past as far as technology but also boasts the fantastical element of merfolk. The author does a fantastic job of immersing you in this world, giving you a clear vision of where you are and all the various elements in the scene. The character of Irian is very well thought out and comes across rather organic rather than static and simplistic, even proceeding on his arc in the first few chapters. However, despite all the qualities of the story, I feel a few spots throughout the story could use touching up. They are not glaring issues that would require massive rewrites only what looks to be minor slip-ups that would be easily cleared up with another edit. My final comment, and this probably the most biased and damning, is that the story feels as though it is falling into the rut of a well-worn archetype. It feels a lot like a standard us versus them storyline, not unlike something like the film Avatar. Wherein a character coming from another people has to realize the error of his ways in light of a new world view that makes him reconsider his own. It isn't that this is a bad thing, archetypes and tropes are common because they work and are easily identifiable. I'm just hoping that in later chapters, the other shoe will drop and will get perhaps a fresh take on the plotline or some new element that makes the story feel all the more original. All in all, definitely an exciting tale being told here, one that I'd love to read more of in the future.
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